FAQs & Troubleshooting

FAQs & Troubleshooting

Disable the APIPA protocol.

The Brother print server supports the Automatic Private IP Addressing (APIPA) protocol. With APIPA, DHCP clients automatically configure an IP address and subnet mask when a DHCP server is not available. The device selects it's own IP address in the range through to The subnet mask is automatically set to and the gateway address is set to
By default, the APIPA protocol is enabled. If you want to disable the APIPA protocol, you can do so by using the control panel of the printer or Web Based Management (web browser).
If the APIPA protocol is disabled, the default IP address of a Brother print server is However, you can easily change this IP address number to match with the IP address details of your network.


Follow the steps below to disable APIPA.

Using the control panel:

  1. Press Up or Down arrow key to select Network. Press OK.
  2. Press Up or Down arrow key to select Wired LAN or WLAN. Press OK
    (This step might be skipped in some models.)
  3. Press Up or Down arrow key to select TCP/IP. Press OK.
  4. Press Up or Down arrow key to select APIPA. Press OK.
  5. Press Up or Down arrow key to select Off. Press OK.
  6. Press Cancel.

Using Web Based Management:

  1. Start your web browser.
  2. Type "https://machine's IP address" in your browser's address bar.
  3. If the machine prompts you for a password, type it, and click the Right arrow.
  4. Click the Network tab.
  5. Click Wired LAN or Wireless tab.
  6. Click TCP/IP menu in the left navigation bar.
  7. Click AUTO at the Boot Method and uncheck Enable APIPA.
  8. Click Submit.

If your question was not answered, have you checked other FAQs?

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If you need further assistance, please contact Brother customer service:

Related Models

HL-L3210CW, HL-L3230CDW

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